Panthers open 2013 with two victories

Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Monticello’s two girls basketball games last week had similar patterns.

Both were low-scoring games, which were close until Monticello surged to victory in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers (5-3, 9-3) started the new year with a makeup game at Springville Jan. 4. The teams had their game postponed from Dec. 21.

Monticello led 8-4 after the first quarter, but the host Orioles rallied to take a 16-15 lead by halftime. The Panthers turned the tables again in the third quarter, heading into the final eight minutes with a 20-19 lead.

Andrea Bone made two baskets to open the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer, and the Panthers opened a 27-20 lead.

A three-pointer by Mandi Miles made it 30-24 with 1:55 to play.

Springville clawed back to within one point, 30-29, on a three-pointer by Sarah Matus with 55.8 seconds to play.

A pair of Springville turnovers, three free throws by Paxtyn Keleher, and another free throw by Sonya McCormick, clinched the win for the Panthers.

Keleher finished with 17 points. Miles had seven steals, and Keleher had four.

“I thought the girls played very well defensively,” Monticello coach Donnie Kremer said. “We communicated very well and did not let them get easy shots.”

At Maquoketa Jan. 5 in a non-conference game, the Panthers led 19-18 heading into the final period, and then outscored the Cardinals 17-2 to claim the win.

“In the fourth quarter I told the girls we needed to pick up the pace of the game and attack,” Kremer said. “We play better at a high speed.”

Keleher scored in double figures again, with 10 points. Lael Lubben just missed a double-double, scoring nine points and pulling down 16 rebounds. Lubben also blocked three Maquoketa shots.

Bone had five points, two assists and two steals. Also getting two steals apiece were Allison Ries, Miles and Keleher.

The Panthers were scheduled to play host to Maquoketa Valley Jan. 8 before playing at Cascade Jan. 11.

Jan. 4

Monticello 11 4 5 14 – 34

Springville 8 8 3 10 – 29

MONTICELLO (34) – Mandi Miles 1-6 0-2 3, Andrea Bone 1-2 0-0 2, Paxtyn Keleher 6-14 3-4 17, Lael Lubben 1-3 1-2 3, Allison Kraus 0-1 0-0 0, Ellen Schlarmann 0-1 2-2 2, Allison Ries 1-2 0-0 2, Sonya McCormick 0-3 1-2 1, Hannah Thompson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 11-39 8-16 34.

Three-pointers: Keleher 2, Miles, Bone.

Rebounds: Monticello 26 (Lubben 7, McCormick 7).

Total fouls: Monticello 17.

Jan. 5

Monticello 8 6 5 17 – 36

Maquoketa 4 9 5 2 – 20

MONTICELLO (36) – Mandi Miles 0-2 0-0 0, Andrea Bone 2-7 1-5 5, Paxtyn Keleher 2-7 6-10 10, Lael Lubben 2-7 5-6 9, Allison Kraus 1-2 1-2 3, Ellen Schlarmann 1-2 0-0 3, Allison Ries 0-2 4-4 4, Sonya McCormick 0-4 2-4 2, Hannah Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-33 19-31 36.

Three-pointers: Schlarmann.

Rebounds: Monticello 38 (Lubben 16, McCormick 8).

Total fouls: Monticello 20.

PHOTO: Lael Lubben of Monticello tries to work around a Springville defender in the Jan. 4 game at Springville. (Photo by Pete Temple)

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